Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Return of the Face Guy
QUOTE. A lot of you may remember the guy who led the charge to explore the so-called "Face" on Mars. His name is Richard Hoagland, and he's been pretty successfully slimed by NASA, and his own politicking, with regard to his claims about the Red Planet.
But now he's back with a new astonishing assertion, this time about a tiny Saturnian moon called Iapetus, which is incidentally famous for being the final, mystical destination of Arthur C. Clark's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hoagland has analyzed some recent photographs taken by the Cassini space probe and believes that Clark must have been onto something because just like the Face, Iapetus might be an artificial structure. In fact, he thinks it's a geodesic dome, just like Buckminster Fuller used to make. To prove his point, Hoagland draws on the NASA pictures and outlines the "anomalous" features. For example, here's what he sees when he looks at the edge of Iapetus illuminated by Saturn:
Do you see it? Fortunately, he has lots of photographs to choose from. Here's another view:
Hmmm. That one's actually a little eerie. He also finds it strange that Iapetus has a perfectly straight mountain range aligned precisely on its equator, which suggests to him the following comparison:
One thing you can say about Hoagland -- he knows how to attract attention. But when we went googling for all the excitement about his newest discovery, we found that most of the astronomy dudes have gotten pretty blase, if not downright nasty, about Hoagland's evidence. They don't seem to believe much of what he says.
We feel kind of bad for him. The article he wrote on his website was all long and lavishly illustrated and everything, and people still don't seem to care. So we studied the materials ourselves and came up with a "smoking gun" that Hoagland unaccountably missed.
Don't you think that about clinches it? We do, and we don't even own a telescope. Help yourself to our discovery, Richard, and run with it as far as you can.